A small sampling of
For the Busy Business-Parent
Whimsical Bedtime Stories
for Children Of All Ages
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on the Web.
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|The Magic Crystal...A delightfully engaging
bedtime tale, that my 9 yr old son picked out himself...(Nice
job illustrating the MAGIC CRYSTAL!! That's what sold it to him
when given the choice to pick one story out) .The problems matched
his life precisely..he loved it yet better even, as a single mom
on disability raising my last of 7 kids ... He fell fast asleep
& now I get some treasured ALONE ADULT TIME...FOR ME...FOR THE
FIRST BIT OF TIME TODAY! I love my family more than anything...and
delightfully I have some downtime to connect with my Creator &
meditate...not medicate...& keep my sanity.
Tawny Baker - January 2016
Just a quick note of thanks for being available
to quickly provide a unique story for bedtime tonight. We are
very late going to bed tonight & my 6 yr old daughter asked me
to tell her a story (sometimes the request is for me to sing a
song or play a bedtime playlist, but a story is always preferred).
I reached over & grabbed my phone, hoping that a Google search
for 'bedtime story' would help to inspire one I could tell her;
I assumed all I'd find would be partial excerpts that require
payment before revealing the whole tale, but what an awesome surprise
to come across your site and pull up a full story for her! And
it was beautiful, "In the Amazon With My Pajamas On", so
clever and a lovely rhyme too! She was asleep by the end & I'm
afraid I would've missed the window all together had I had to
get up & look through her books for one. So, thank you - from
the idea's conception to what I found that helped me tonight,
no doubt it has been a long road, but your site surely is a work
of love and a blessing to busy parents everywhere.
Dora Aubin Georgetown, TX 78626 May 13,
Thank you for this great story ("Go Fly A Kite" by Steven
Woodman). It's heading into Autumn down here, and the wild and
windy weather was great for flying kites today. Your story was
a wonderful way to finish the day as we waited for parents to
pick the kindy children up. Regards from west Queensland, Australia.
Gavin, from "Mitchell Kindy" (Mitchell Early Childhood Education
Centre) May 27,
| Dear Bedtime-Story.com, Just wanted
to say I love your site. I have read every one of your stories
to my fiancÚ while I was in Afghanistan, one or two per evening,
to help her fall asleep. It has helped me so much, and I just
wanted you all to know. Thank you . - S.G. January
Upon learning that there was a twelve
hour time difference between the U.S. editor assigned to his tale,
and the artist selected to illustrate it, requiring image reviews
and consultations to be conducted daily in the wee hours... (around
3AM East Coast Time), Jeff Kaufmann, author of "In
The Amazon With My Pajamas On" wrote "When do you sleep???...
Thank you so much for the extra effort. Words and stories are
clearly your passion, so I am thankful my story can be introduced
to the world through your website."
What you have created has absolutely exceeded my expectations.
The (interim) illustrations are perfectly marvelous and I LOVE
the link to the Christmas songs, SO clever and original ! I also
ADORE the final end with the wreath, Merry Christmas and Pepper
and Clover. It is delightful. And putting the names of each child
on their stockings, how in the world did you accomplish this ??
I am so happy and thrilled with the way the stories came out,
and your wise input has enhanced the story line. The illustrations
are incredible. You are truly gifted and I can't thank you enough!
Cheers!! Susan Knight, author of "Christmas
With The Murphys"
I love all the stories you make and my Dad reads it to me. We
already read about 10 of them and they were good. Keep on doing
Bedtime stories. Love, Jana
It was most enjoyable and educational. Many
thanks for this website - we are in the process of adding a
wee bunny to our family. Regards Maria Cullen
Sue Knight, author of
"Josh's Spooky Adventure", "Olivia's
Spine -Tingling Halloween Party" and
other tales writes;,
"You guys are mind readers when it comes to understanding
little kids, you know that don't you?....Your [Interim Illustrations]
are just perfect and I just hope you can help me find an illustrator
with as much insight. You are just wonderful and I am thrilled
to be a part of Bedtime-Story. Your kind words have also meant
so much to me. I have received positive feedback from several
magazines for my adult short stories but no one has been as responsive
as you, and it means a great deal to me.....you are a wonderful
soul who has done so much to inspire me, and I do realize that
all of you at Bedtime are working so hard as volunteers to make
Bedtime-Story.com a huge success. Please keep up the good, positive
work that you are doing and know that your efforts will never
Karen Bauder, author of The Imagination Plantation writes;
You are the best. I love it. I have never dealt with anyone with
such patience and professionalism as you. The story looks great
and is presented is such a wonderful fashion. My question is,
do you ever get any sleep?
Thank you again and again, Karen
Valerie Busic, author
of Billy's New Home, Naptime for Benji and Petey, and
Cheese Cookies for Benji & Petey, was offered her own
column by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Congratulations,
| Author Feedback: Gene
Wiginton, author of Unicorn Dreams writes; "Thanks to
the confidence gained when you accepted my poem, I have been published
twice by The National Library of Poetry, several on-line E-Zines,
have had one poem read live on-stage at The Centerfold in New York
City, just off Broadway and, currently had a poem read live on New
York City radio by none other than Jeff Bridges. This poem is currently
being run on RealPlayer at their website at http://www.gopoetry.com
under "Your Turn" and Playing with RealPlayer Video of Jeff reading
it at appx. 16 mins 40 seconds into the show! I am so thrilled owe
all to YOU fine people! THANK FOR MAKING MY DREAMS COME TRUE!
|I just finished U.S.S Starship Treehouse.
It was totally delightful!!! I am a father of two daughters, the
youngest of which, at age 10, still loves me to tell her a bedtime
story almost every night. The internet has been a Godsend since
I ran out of my own stories years ago. I'm able to find many more
creative, interesting stories like yours to keep her happy. As a
parent with a daughter who loves these stories, I thank you and
congratulate you. Please continue with your writing and sharing
them with us. I never had cats when I was young and by the time
I did, as an adult, they'd stopped talking. I do notice on occasion,
however, Marie (my 10-yr-old) does spend a lot of time in conversation
with her cat, Tucker. . . hmmm? Thanks, again for the wonderful
stories. Rick Campbell, Rochester, Michigan
|I just wanted to say thank you for
hours of fun in reading to my three grandchildren. I think your
short stories are so delightful and fun to read. My granddauther
is eight, and she loves to sit and read to the two little ones.
Once again, thank you for family time fun at bedtime. Greta Moore
|Thank you so much for the story "Mommy,
Make the Feather Dance", my mother died in 1974, when I was
6 and it has been a long time since I cried over it. Thank you for
helping heal the wound that never leaves. Ariel
|Your stories and your web site are
beautiful. It's so hard to find quality material for children. It's
even harder to find stories for children who have lost pets and
friends or family members.(see: Stories Worth Talking
About ). In February, my student Jorge died suddenly, within
nine hours of meningitis. [Students read the Bedtime-Story tale,
The Rainbow Bridge-for Michael at the school's memorial service
for the popular fourth grader]. They loved The Rainbow Bridge
so much. Again, thank you. You have and are providing a wonderful
service. Sincerely, Denise Doherty - Kevin K. Coleman School - Woonsocket,
|Super, SUPER, super web page--Kudos!!!!!
- John Cegalis
|WE HAVE ADDED Bedtime-Story's, "The
INVENTOR" IN OUR "SITES FOR THE KID IN ALL OF US" SECTION.
BEST WISHES, Shannon Peavey, Communications Coordinator The Lemelson-MIT
|I am a Kindergarten teacher at Saranac
Elementary School in Saranac, NY I have designed a web page for
my class, and would like to include your site as one of a number
of links to educationally sound sites on the web. Thank you. Alicia
|Author Feedback: I
would like to thank you and all of the staff that helped get my
story ready to be online. I am so pleased with the result and I'm
thankful for all of your suggestions and help. Adding the photos
at the end was a neat idea too. You definitely put just the right
touches to the story. I very much appreciate the opportunity you
have given me. I will take to heart all the suggestions you have
made and try to do much better in any future writing. Thank you
so much. Alice
| Author Feedback: Yes!
Yes! You are absolutely right! I needed the critique to direct me
towards the right path. I was too close to the story. It is also
my first children's story, and I under-estimated the writing process.
Thank you for your prompt reply. You've been a great source of inspiration.
I will rewrite, add more life and logic (smile), and re-submit again.
I am determined to make this story better. Shirley
|Thank you for your vision, warmth
and caring. My mom and dad were very special people and I pray that
this beautiful place is where they now reside.Yes I guess there
is a Rainbow Bridge were all those special people we knew
and loved are waiting for us. God bless you - Neal
|Hello. I am a foster parent in Ohio
and would just like to tell you that I am sitting here with tears
streaming down my face. Thank you for such a wonderful story (Billy's
New Home - For Foster Children Everywhere) . I am sure it will
be a real blessing for many foster families to read such a book
to all children. May the Lord Bless you. Ann
|I just read Billy's New Home
and I LOVED it! It was so true to life! We also were foster parents
for a little over 6 years and adopted two of our foster kids. I've
thought about writing a childrens book about being a foster child
but I never seem to find the time. Thank you for writing the book!
I plan to purchase it and keep it on hand for when we start fostering
again. Anne L.
...You would not believe that some people actually took the time
to email me to say they enjoyed my stories. That felt like a million
bucks. - Yvonne
|Re Starship Treehouse: WOW!
Thanks for the ride! Pam, an old Trekkie and eternal kid
|Bedtime-Story is......Definitely an
A-1 site to visit. -Patti Best
|Thank you for sharing these lovely,
gentle stories. - Joy
|I lost my best friend, Molly, in Feb.
and I cannot tell how comforting it was to read Rainbow Bridge.
I did not read the entire version until today and I am very glad
to find out who wrote it. I still cannot read it without getting
tearful. I have two new puppies who are wonderful, but Molly will
always have a piece of my heart and it is nice to think we will
meet again. Thank you.
|OH....... The story (Billy's New
Home) just touched my heart.... I LOVE it. It is sooo good.
All of us need to go order it at our local Christian Book stores,
Barnes & Noble....etc. When orders are placed it puts the book on
| Author feedback: "I
have to thank you ...I have been sending out my stories for years
now, and all I seem to get back are xerox copies of rejections with
no explanation. Sometimes, (as you know) they are bad copies, crooked
on the page and barely readable! And there have been these kinds
of letters from Major Publishing Houses. I realize they are busy
and cannot respond to every writer. But again, I want to thank you
for taking the time to work with me and teach me, as it were, how
to become better. I will work on these.."
| Author feedback: After
my first story "The Dream Horse" was put online I received several
emails from people who enjoyed the story. One was from a teacher
in California who wanted to use it for his slow readers class. I
felt humbled that it might help others. Gary
|I would like to congratulate you on
your site. It is a favorite of my daughter, Beth. She asks me to
read her favorites, such as The King and the Cricket repeatedly.
It is good to find a place on the internet that is not only safe
for children, but enjoyable for them and their parents. Megan D.
|I just read The Inventor this
Saturday morning, Jan 2nd, at 6:00 am. My eyes are kinda teary right
now, and I can hardly see the keyboard to type this reply. This
story just gave me a great big hug! I enjoyed this very much. (excuse
me while I get a tissue.) Oh, . . . thanks for the warmth of your
big hug! Shirley W.
|Had to drop a note to you to express
my delight and admiration for your wonderful stories. I am a grandmother
and am so impressed with the concept of this Internet site. It surely
will benefit all the overly busy dual duty parents in today's hectic
world. My oldest son has been working 70 hour weeks, with lots of
traveling, leaving too little time for his 5 year old son. This
is a worthwhile solution to keep this computer-oriented pair in
touch. Keep up the good works. Jerrie K.
|My name is Monica, I'm 17 and I live
in West Virginia. I just wanted to tell you that I think the story
Rainbow Bridge is totally awesome, and I'm totally choking
back tears right now. I know how hard it is to lose a pet....I've
lost several over the years. The story is really an inspiration.....and
it helps sort out feelings and emotions. I can't wait until that
book comes out. Keep up the good work. Much love, Monica
| Incredible. I am sitting here at
the Cuyahoga Public Library with tears in my eyes. I've been looking
for a book like Billy's New Home for years. We have been
foster parents for a very long time, and this story reminds me of
one of my foster children. He went home, but he'll always be a part
of our lives. When I get internet access, if I haven't seen it in
the stores yet, I'll order it via internet. I would love to get
this book for him for a gift and I'll be watching for this in bookstores.
Thank you, Charlotte C.
| Thanks for the stories! I know that
my children will enjoy them, too. Tonight I read them for my own
bedtime stories. Maybe we read bedtime stories to our children as
much for ourselves as for them. My dreams are always better if I've
had a good story before I sleep. Again, thank you! Joe S.
|Great Story. The Cat Who Cried
Oh-Wow! - Amy F.
I cannot thank you enough for your input - you are right of course,
and I'm on my way back to the drawing board now, I just wanted to
tell you how very grateful I am for your time. You won't hear from
me again until the story is Paramount material. Most sincerely,
I just saw my story. I love the illustrations! Also, my mother was
very impressed. (And she's not the kind of person who thinks everything
is wonderful, just because I'm her child. Only, mostly everything)Thank
you for doing a fine job bringing my story to life. I'm glad to
be associated with your website. Angela T.
|I work for Girl Scouts of Gulf Pines
Council in South Mississippi. One of the programs we are presenting
this year is called "Read to Lead". We serve about 5000 girls in
a program durning the school day. We are using short stories with
this program. I came across your web site. It is wonderful!!! Everyone
in our office who has children is going straight home and put this
on as one of their favorites. Diane W.
| My cat never came when I whistled
and called all day and night yesterday, after he went out to relieve
himself. And this morning I knocked on doors and people opened their
sheds and cellars, just in case he got trapped. I held out hope
for more than 24 hrs. Finally, my husband came in and said he found
Sammy, but he was not alive. I didn't hear the last part of the
sentence, and looked down, looked up and around, and asked where
he was. My husband's face said it all. He was only 20 ft from the
house by the garage, dead since yesterday he said, apparently of
a bad injury. He must have been run over because his front leg was
badly broken, but no other injuries were apparent. I am grieving
terribly and I am 40 years old. He was everything to me. I never
raised a child, but laughed when I told others I was staying home
to raise my cat right. I am disabled, and he was my constant companion.
He hesitated when he went out+ADs- I had to give him a gentle nudge
because I knew he needed to go but he sat on the sidewalk and looked
wistfully at me instead of heading for his spot. It was as if he
didn't want to say goodbye. My friend sent me a link to The Rainbow
Bridge for Michael story, my 52 year old friend who knew I was
grieving like a child. I thought I was through crying hard and from
the heart until I read about the Rainbow Bridge. I have asked Jesus
for their to be such a place. At this time in my life Sammy is the
only one that I know that I really hope will be there to greet me.
I prayed earlier, before I read this, for their to be heaven for
pets. I know he had feelings, so I think he carried a soul.
Thank you for helping me deal with my loss. I won't forget it when
someone else is grieving for a pet. Lisa
| I just finished reading "The Rainbow
Bridge for Michael". I am sitting here holding my dog and
typing this through misty contacts. Thank you.
Karen S. California
| I have found this site one of the
best and most family friendly sites I have visited in my four-plus,
years of using the internet. I would like you to know that I have
submitted your site to Apple Computer for review and, hopefully,
inclusion in their iReview portion of their web site. I feel that
this is a site that anyone should have on their toolbar for everyday
use by all who use their computers.
|I just finished reading the AG Bear
stories that are posted on the bed time stories site. I think they
are wonderful. I dearly remember the many hours I spent playing
with my teddy bears, esp one blue shirted AG Bear. Actually, he
now resides on my bed here at college. When I was little, I gave
him the name Alexander Grahm Bear, and Alex he remains to this day.
He isn't as pretty as the one in the pictures on the site. His fur
is matted and most of the fuzz has been worn off of his nose. The
cordoroy on his shirt has "lost its treads" to quote Billy from
Family Circus. But he has been well loved for many years. Again
thank you for the stories. I plan to share them with my 17 year
old sister who also still has her AG Bear.
Laura, from Ohio Northern University
| Just to say "thank you" for the fun
you have given us and our 7 year old daughter, Lauren. It is so
hard to find different stories for children, which are not scary
or frightening in any way, and in which good always triumphs over
evil. It will take us a long time for us to read all of them, and
then it will be time to start all over again. You may like to know
that Lauren's particular favourite is "The Pig Who Wanted To Fly",
I know that I am not alone in crying buckets of tears over some
of your stories - "Rainbow Bridge..." for one. Keep up the good
work. From Linda, Andy and Lauren Fisher Swindon Wiltshire UK
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